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review 2017-09-09 21:48
Grave Ransom (Alex Craft, #5)
Grave Ransom - Kalayna Price

This series is one of those outliers that I continue to really like even though I can easily point out several ... I don't want to call them flaws, so let's just call them weaknesses.  But I love the characters and the setting, so even when things don't work, or the author makes decisions I don't necessarily like, I still enjoy the story.

 

Grave Ransom is about zombies, as luck would have it (Halloween Bingo square!), and I generally feel petty meh about zombies, but for Alex and her friends, I could deal with zombies.  It also helped that these sentient zombies, not the BRAINS! eating type (although there were plenty of those at the end).  One particularly wrenching scene in the middle of the book where one vicim comes to terms with his situation added a bit of depth to what otherwise might have been a simple paranormal killing spree.

 

But I have to say I didn't much care for the ending; Price is playing tin soldiers with Alex's love life, and the plot itself didn't feel quite tied up enough to satisfy me; I'd have liked to have known how the 'bad guys' met; I was left with questions after their dastardly plot was revealed and they didn't all get answered.

 

In spite of that, I had a great time reading the book; these are always fun and never a chore to pick up; I hope the author continues to bring Alex and her friends to the page for some time to come.

 

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review 2017-09-02 01:51
CITY OF THE ABSENT by Robert W. Walker
City of the Absent - Robert W. Walker

Inspector Ransom must find a serial killer who is responsible for a Pinkerton agent as well as the mayor in Chicago dying.  As his investigation goes on, his enemies all over him trying to derail him and his investigation.

 

I liked this book.  I did not realize until I was a chapter or two into the story that this is the third installment of Inspector Ransom series.  I could follow it without a problem.  I would have understood some references to past cases and actions had I read the books in order but it still made sense.  I liked Ransom.  He is aggressive but intelligent as he follows leads.  I liked Jane who disguises herself as a male doctor and helps in Ransom's investigations.

 

The story was good.  Having read THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Eric Larsen, I have an interest in stories set during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.  Mr. Walker stayed true to those times and the event.  I was also yelling at Ransom because we readers know who the killer is and why from the beginning and Ransom is missing the killer while near the killer.  For the record, Ransom paid no attention to me telling him who and why on the killings. 

 

The only thing I hated (because this is a 5 star story but this is what makes it a 4) is the ending.  I wanted to know if Ransom defeated his enemies and we are left with questions.  There is no book 4.  I hope a book 4 may come out one day because I have that enquiring mind that wants to know.

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review 2017-08-31 22:37
Tales of the Peculiar
Tales of the Peculiar - Ransom Riggs,Andrew Davidson

I loved these silly stories and the beautiful artwork. This really is a beautiful book and one I will be keeping in my library. I love the ribbon bookmark. Ransom Riggs is so creative and imaginative and I can´t wait to see what he writes next.

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text 2017-08-28 03:16
Tales of the Peculiar
Tales of the Peculiar - Ransom Riggs,Andrew Davidson

My book fast didn´t last very long.  I just can´t do it; I´m going crazy.  This book is short, kooky stories so should be okay, kinda like reading a cereal box right?  

 

The first story was pretty odd and funny (to me).  I really love the look of the book and the black ribbon bookmark.  It´s pet worthy for sure.

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text 2017-08-03 19:08
Reading progress update: I've read 170 out of 352 pages.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
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